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Children in Need and the Big Learner Relay

Children in Need and the Big Learner Relay

A driving instructor from Hampshire called Louise Walsh had a fundraising idea for the 2014 Children in Need campaign. She found that many driving instructors throughout the UK were interested, so she began the huge task of organising the relay. The way in which it works is that it is a relay of driving school cars will cover a total distance of 2130 miles, beginning in Northern Ireland on 30th October and finishing in Birmingham on 14th November. Each relay covers a distance of between 20 and 40 miles and the 'lead' car carries the (one and only) roof sign containing the Big Learner Relay Pudsey Bear. Each lead car will be a driving school car, driven by a learner driver on a real (but very different!) lesson, accompanied by his/her driving instructor and Louise, who will accompany every lead car! Other driving school cars (and anyone else who is happy to do so), will follow the lead car,  forming a convoy.

Apart from the relay legs being sponsored, driving school cars throughout the nation are getting "spotty"! Instructors are placing vinyl spots on their cars and are asking supporters to "sponsor a spot", writing their own message on their sponsored spot if they wish.
Louise set up a website for the relay so please have a look at www. Louise's original target was to raise £5,000 for Children in Need. Yesterday's amount had reached in excess of £15,628, so ultimately they anticipate a huge sum of money being raised by November 14th!

On 11th November the convoy visited Tiverton and was met by the Mayor and the Beadle along with Councillor Neal Davey to support the relay and see the convoy on their way.

In the lead car from Tiverton, the driving instructor was be Helen Levett and travelled from Tiverton to Taunton, travelling through Wellington and up the A38 to Taunton. 

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